Harry Kane has played down his one-on-one battle with Virgil van Dijk ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday, but the striker was keen to reiterate that his old foe is not “invincible”.
Van Dijk has gotten the better of Kane in recent meetings between the clubs, including last season’s Champions League final in which Kane was not fully fit and Liverpool managed to keep a clean sheet.
As a result of his excellent performances since moving to Anfield, Van Dijk is now considered the world’s best defender, and his ability to keep Kane – a world class player in his own right – quiet is testament to the Dutchman’s ability.
But before the duo face off this weekend, Kane insisted he and his teammates have a chance of breaking the Liverpool rearguard.
“Van Dijk is a great defender but he is not invincible and Liverpool are not invincible,” Kane said (via the Guardian).
“From my point of view it’s just about playing my game and making my movements, doing my runs and trying to get on the scoresheet, trying to get assists.”
Spurs fans will point to Kane’s brilliant goal against Southampton in December 2015 as evidence of the England captain’s capacity to get the better of Van Dijk. Hopefully he can replicate that moment at Anfield this weekend.